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Scotland's 'largest' anaerobic digestion plant nears completion

Construction of Scotland’s ‘largest’ anaerobic digestion (AD) facility is nearing completion following the installation of the primary and secondary digesters.

Situated in Barkip, North Ayrshire, the £15.5m plant being built by recycling and resource management group William Tracey Group is on track to begin operating in March.

William Tracey Group organic recycling account manager Bobby Gavin said the facility will be a great benefit to local companies producing organic waste: “This April, the landfill tax will increase to £56 per tonne. Companies who recycle food will have an opportunity to save costs in the face of such increases, so there’s now a very real opportunity to reduce waste, produce green energy, and lower their disposal charges.”

The facility will be capable of processing 75,000 tonnes of organic waste each year, generating 2.5MW of electricity from the biogas emitted. The project has been part-funded by energy firm Scottish and Southern Energy and Zero Waste Scotland.

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